When people talk about personal effectiveness, we automatically assume it is about how we manage and organise our workflow. Whilst this is part of the process, personal effectiveness is equally about the people around us and how we interact with them.
Here are some of the ways we sabotage our personal effectiveness when we are dealing with others, and some simple solutions …
1. Forgetting to say thank you.
Many people take the view, well that’s their job, why should I thank them for doing it? Everyone has a choice over what they do (or not) and how well they do it. A simple thank you for a job well done, is what can make the difference between it being done well next time or you having to step in and sort it out.
Lets face it if we want to work together, we will go the extra mile, and as a result make our working lives easier. Simply being recognised and appreciated for their efforts can make all the difference and doesn’t cost a thing!
2. Not being able to delegate.
It’s not possible to get anywhere quickly or efficiently without the help of others. Very often we surround ourselves with people, but fail to delegate to them effectively.
Delegation takes trust and a willingness to relinquish control. Only when you are happy to relinquish control and be prepared to trust others will you be able to become more personally effective.
3. Lack of self respect.
Self respect is perhaps the most important element of personal effectiveness, and relates to the standards we set for ourselves and others.
It is lack of self respect which means we put up with shoddy work, under performing team members, work ‘dumped’ on us and listening to people who are wasting our time.
If you find your self procrastinating on THAT conversation, or you are running around after others and doing all the chasing and rework, these are all classic signs you are not demonstrating self respect.
You owe it to yourself and to your business to have engaged people working with you, who want to be there and do a good job. Having respect for yourself and maintaining your standards will command respect and ensure your standards are being met, and ultimately allow you to move your business forward more effectively.
Where are you compromising your personal effectiveness by your interactions and dealings with others?
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